This is a collection of images made at Red, White, and Boom on July 3, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio. The weather was almost perfect. It did spit a couple drops of rain but nothing major. The smoke blew right at us from the south - and the smoke reflects the light in an interesting way. I shot nearly 300 images this evening from the arrival of spectators that took hours to the rapid departure upon completion. There was a moment of interesting light at sunset. But more interesting is the color of light during the fireworks. You can see from the images there are numerous sources that make it nearly impossible to render every object correctly. I chose to allow the light of the fireworks to paint the buildings and surrounding environment rather than ensure that all white marble looks white. Typically when you do that you lose the color of the fire in the fireworks. For those who do photography - after some experiments I left left the color of light at "as shot" and in this case it is "daylight". I like the boldness of the colors. I did see an interesting rendition of some of the fireworks in black and white and now need to experiment with that. As for other camera settings - do what works for you. Most exposures are between 3 and 7 seconds at f11 ISO100. Do not bump the camera!
(all images © CM Zelms)